Lili Marleen At The Piano

November 30, 2021 at 9:44 pm (Poetry) (, , , )

Lili Marleen at the piano

It was approaching Christmas 1947
Thanksgiving was over
And the turkeys had been eaten
In those days turkeys didn’t sit
In the Oval Office
Like they do today.

LA Private Eye Carson Cody Albion
had headed north to San Francisco
It was a slight drizzle
As Albion wandered the streets
He saw a cocktail lounge
On the other side of where he stood
The Blue Pacific
It looked inviting

He crossed the street
And looked at the sign
Outside the cafe
It said
Lili Marleen singing here tonight.

Lili Marleen,
Albion lit a cigarette
And then blew smoke rings
And thought
Lili Marleen had been one of his favourite songs
Listening to on the radio
As America fought Hitler and Tojo
During the War Years of WWII.

It had originally been a First World War song
But brought back in this war
As Woodrow Wilson was shown to be wrong
For stating that the War of 1914-1918
Was the War To End All Wars

It was Vera Lynn
The woman called Yorkshire’s Rose
Who used to sing it

“Underneath the lantern
by the barrack gate
Darling I remember
The way you used to wait
‘Twas there that you whispered tenderly
That you loved me
You’d always be
My Lili of the lamplight
My own Lili Marlene…”

Carson Cody Albion walked into the bar
And there noticed a woman who was sitting atop the piano
Who presumably was Lili Marleen

“Hello, Mr. Albion,”
Lili Marleen smiled at him,
“I’m glad of all the cocktail lounges
in all the world
you chose to walk into this one”.

Albion smiled
He liked her welcoming demeanor
And her Humphrey Bogart Casablanca like reference
But most of all her welcoming demeanor

They danced together
Underneath the crystal globe on the ceiling
As the orchestra played
On this night in The Blue Pacific Lounge
She was his own Lili Marleen.

-A Carson Cody Albion poem
written by Christopher
Tuesday November 30th
2021.

8 Comments

  1. Hyperion said,

    A lovely poem of yesteryear brought back today with a twist. At first the Turkey was pardened year after year which was a terrible mistake. Now the Turkey is in charge. What next? Pirate Parrots?

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you, Daniel.

      Yes, pirate parrots πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈπŸ¦ are next. πŸ˜‚

      • Hyperion said,

        Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Squawk! Polly wants a hangover! Squawk! Polly wants a hangover! 🐦

      • Hyperion said,

        πŸ˜‚πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’«

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

  2. SamSahana said,

    An extremely wonderful poem from a time period I’m most fascinated by, coupled with β€œback to the future” πŸ˜‰ An amazing piece!!

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you so much, Sam. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™‚

      Yes, the time period of the 1940s and ’50s is the time period I’m most fascinated by as well. πŸ˜€

      And this poem does have a Back To The Future theme, you’re right.

      I’ve written several poems about Carson Cody Albion my own created fictional private eye character.

      And they often have themes of time travel. πŸŒ‰

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